Two-hundred air conditioners plus fans and energy assistance will be offered to the poor and elderly at New Life Evangelistic Center to prevent more deaths from the summer heat, the Rev. Larry Rice will announce at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, during a news conference at the center, 1411 Locust St., St. Louis.
Rice will tell the public how to apply for part of the at least $20,000 in electric bill assistance so they won’t be afraid of using their air conditioners. He will talk about how to get one of the 200 air conditioners and 300 fans that will be given away this summer. Eighteen people in the St. Louis metropolitan area have died recently from the heat. More deaths are possible.
“I ask that you to pray earnestly for those who are suffering from the heat,” Rice said. “As people go on vacation, many forget the needs of the poor, elderly and the homeless. Heat stroke, dehydration and death do not take vacations.”
Since the great heat crisis of 1980, New Life has taken the lead in providing life-saving resources to the needy during the sweltering days of summer. With the help of its partners and friends, more than 11,000 fans, 2,000 air conditioners and hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility assistance have been given to poor, needy families throughout mid-America.
For more information, call Dale at 618-520-6514.